Driving in to Sangamon County

Last October, one of my brothers got married in my hometown of Springfield, Illinois. I spent the first 18 years of my life there, only rarely getting to see anything outside of it. So when the time to go away to college came, I left and never looked back. I suppose that’s human nature, inContinue reading “Driving in to Sangamon County”

I worked here, too

No, I never worked for the Board of Elections in Illinois. But I did spend several years working in this building, which was once a National supermarket on MacArthur Boulevard in Springfield, Illinois. Once I turned 16–just after school had let out in my sophomore year of high school–I was old enough to get aContinue reading “I worked here, too”

A new look at an old building

For the first 18 years of my life, I lived near Springfield, Illinois. And the tallest building in town, then and now, is the one pictured above. Together with the dome of the Illinois capitol building, it makes up the Springfield skyline, such as it is. There are 15 states that don’t have a buildingContinue reading “A new look at an old building”

An experiment you can eat

My hometown of Springfield, Illinois is known for a few things besides Abraham Lincoln. It’s about the only place in the world where you can get a horseshoe sandwich, which is basically bread and meat and french fries and cheese sauce. ┬áIt’s also home to a restaurant, the Cozy Dog Inn, that claims to haveContinue reading “An experiment you can eat”